A joint statement issued by the Hong Kong Golf Club and the Hong Kong Golf Association said that they are reviewing suitable options for staging the event in early 2022, in view of the global pandemic and the travel restrictions associated with it.

"Hong Kong Golf Club and the HKGA remain fully committed to the return of Hong Kong's longest-running professional sporting event as soon as conditions allow. A further announcement will be made in due course," the statement said.

Clarence Leung Wang-ching, Captain of the Hong Kong Golf Club, said that it is one of only two clubs in the world to have hosted the same tournament for more than 60 consecutive years. The club is extremely proud of the tournament for its unique heritage, and what it has done to put Hong Kong firmly on the global golfing map.

The 61st year of the Hong Kong Open, which was staged in January 2020, saw Australia's Wade Ormsby become a two-time winner on the Hong Kong Golf Club's championship course.

Former champions of the tournament include Greg Norman, Ian Woosnam, Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, and these big golfing names, as well as the long run of the tournament, show its significant contribution to Hong Kong's status as the events capital of Asia.